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Lexus RX Overview

The Lexus RX is in the crossover SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) class. This vehicle is produced by the Japanese automobile company Lexus, which is the luxury division of the Toyota Motor Corporation. This is the only crossover SUV in the Lexus range, with the larger GX and LX in the SUV class. This vehicle has a very low tax cost due to its low emissions and is very spacious inside with some great features. The downfalls of this vehicle are the poor steering and ride quality.

Lexus RX History

The first generation XU10 (1998-2003) was part of a new concept called the SLV (Sports Luxury Vehicle) and would combine features of an SUV with the ridability of a luxury sedan. This design was first marketed in Japan as the Toyota Harrier in 1997, before being introduced in the US as the Lexus RX in 1998. These vehicles were available in both front and four wheel drive variations. This vehicle was very popular and was considered a safe vehicle to drive. In 2000 it had a makeover and was introduced to the European market. The second generation XU30 (2003-09) had a new design, which was seen as much sleeker and more aerodynamic. There was still only automatic transmission available but it moved from 4 to 5 speed. In 2006 the vehicle had a makeover which mainly affected slight changes to interior and exterior. There was a new engine made available, the 3.5 V6. The third generation AL10 (2009 - ) saw the end of the Toyota name in Japan, as the Lexus brand was introduced in this vehicle and other luxury vehicles produced by Toyota under the Lexus division. The L-finesse design platform was used on this version, to keep with the latest Lexus design philosophy. This is the current version on the market.


Standard trim LE SR SE SE-L F-Sport Luxury Advance SE-I Premier SE-L+

Fuel Economy

The first version had much smaller engines available: 2.2, 2.4 and 3.0 compared with the later versions. As the vehicle got bigger in size, so did the engine sizes. The later options are: 2.7, 3.3 and 3.5L and are only available in petrol, with the 3.5 being a petrol hybrid. These vehicles do use a lot of fuel but are pretty economical when compared with others in this class.


This vehicle is only available in an automatic gearbox. The first generation was a 4-speed automatic with the second version being a 5-speed automatic and latest version offering a 6-speed gearbox. Have a look at the Lexus gearbox section to locate your gearbox related parts.


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